Burst pipe at Wayne County’s justice building cost $50K

Wayne County Administrator, Rick House, updated the County’s Finance Committee that last weekend’s frozen pipe rupture will cost taxpayers up to $50,000.

On Sunday (1/7), when temperatures fell well below zero, the only area in the building that was not insulated, the vestibule (front door entrance) spewed water. House said the fire sprinkler head in the vestibule ruptured, sending streams of water out the front door and into the first floor of the building. The first floor was discovered by the County’s Public Works staff responded to the site on Sunday and immediate actions were taken. The cost of emergency repairs to the building was approved on Sunday by the County Administrator, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Public Works Committee.

The Hall of Justice is a County-owned building that is leased to the State for their court activities. ServPro, a private franchise recovery/restoration company was immediately called in. As much as three inches of water had to be removed from first floor offices. Lu Engineering, out of Rochester, has been contracted to conduct air -quality evaluations that will continue into late January.

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